Wine lovers headed for San Miguel de Allende continue to be delighted by the city’s growing interest in grapes. New San Miguel wineries and wine bars are proof positive that this central Mexico city is becoming the destination in Mexico for oenophiles from around the world.
The San Miguel de Allende wine scene’s newest kid on the block is an intimate bar and tasting room tucked into the walls of the Instituto Allende, one of the city’s most iconic spaces for culture, art and shopping.
Capricho, which in Spanish translates to craving or whim, has arrived to feed your need for a great glass of vino and comes with an unusual selection of high-quality wines that you won’t find in other places in San Miguel de Allende. Just opened at the end of February 2018, the bar has spent just a few weeks on the rolls of San Miguel’s eating and drinking establishments.
One of Capricho’s owners is Andres Morales, partner and founder of Carnevino, the steak house next door that will be providing Capricho’s tasting menu and small plates. Co-owner Isaac Saigar is the former manager of the Oak Tasting Room in the Casa de Europa in San Miguel. Capricho will combine both owners’ service experience and love of wine to create a unique two pronged concept.
One room of Capricho restaurant is an intimate cocktail bar with top-shelf spirits and fanciful mixology. The other room, its worn wooden shelves glimmering with bottled treasure, will offer both informal tastings (a sample of 2-3 vintages that they currently feature) or, more formal wine tastings and pairings, by reservation only and under the direction of a sommelier or wine maker.
“We want to offer a selection uncommon in restaurants as well as wine stores,” says Issac, “that’s why we are very selective in terms of price, quality, and the characteristics of the wine.”
These more private, formal tastings will be announced on Capricho’s social media and website (still in the works) or through the restaurants that they work with as a special offer for their clients, and the public will have an opportunity to join a limited number of participants.
The bar currently features a selection of the owners’ favorite European labels – a few examples include Prosecco from Ornella Molon, Valchiaró’s Pinot Grigio, and Valetti’s Amarone della Valpolicella– but will be expanding to include more Mexican labels in the coming months. Issac and Andres plan to feature regional and local wines as well, increasing their stock as the young San Miguel vineyards continue to mature over the next few years.
“Our vintages are 90 points or more on the Wine Spectator scale but 25 dollars or less. We want to sell high quality that’s affordable, instead of $1,000 bottles that are mediocre.”
Capricho patrons will have the opportunity to buy a bottle of their favorite varietal to take home with them and through Capricho’s outreach to local restaurants, Issac and Andres also hope to place some interesting choices on 2018 wine lists in San Miguel – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a treasure.
Capricho is open Sunday to Thursday from 2pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 2am. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events and other information.